Thursday, 10 February 2011

Raindrops on roses...

...and whiskers on kittens. Both of these are my favorite things as are bright copper kettles, wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings and silver white winters that melt into spring.

I get inspiration from things of beauty, and those things which draw me to them; the sea crashing on rocks, a babbling brook in a still, silent valley, a misty-blue vista seen from the top of a hill, my wooden bookshelves gleaming softly in the light, full of real books.

Not only do I feel inspired by beautiful things and places, I'm also inspired by people. Writers sat in a room, often alone, tap-tap-tapping away at their keyboards, working at making their dream a reality. And not only that; sharing their process, ideas, snippets of life, extracts of their writing and much more. These float round the world in the ether; electronic inspiration arriving on my computer screen. I love it! :)

The fact that a group of people scattered round the world, with a shared goal of getting a book written and published, forming a community even though many of them may never meet, supporting each other and having fun doing so is something I find enormously inspiring!

So, I pass on the question I read on a blog the other day (thanks Rabia!) which started all these thoughts:

What inspires you? What helps your motivation change gear?


  1. I agree Prue, well said. I don't think I would have gotten this far without my online writing buddies for support and inspiration :).

  2. Me too. Especially the people from Holly's courses are amazing.
    I am often inspired by all the things my kids discover. They still see the world with unclouded eyes, and I envy them. Luckily, I can still close my normal eyes and open the "third eye" (as my great-gran called it) and see the world the way they do - if I try hard enough. Childhood seems so far away...

  3. One of the things that inspires me is a really good story, be it novel, tv show, or movie, that makes me say, "Damn, I wish I'd written that." It doesn't happen all that often, but when it does, it usually inspires me to want to write something with a similar feel to whatever aspect of the story impressed me the most.

  4. Sari - it's great, isn't it? :D

    Cat - you're right. People doing Holly's courses are a great group and I feel privileged to belong to it. Kid's are great. Have a look at Rabia's (LadyQ's) blog...her latest post is about Miss M's 'mindreading' capabilities :D

    Shayne - good stories inspire me too. The way some writers seem to be writing about something that really happened (even though it's fiction!)is something I'd like to be able to do.

  5. I'm a little later chiming in. ;)
    I think it is the self-discovery. I'm opening up doors I thought had been locked away forever. How I think, what I do, and why I do it come out to play what I start working on bringing the current novel to life.

    The main reason I am writing now is because my body is broke, but my mind isn't. I want to create but more than that I don't want to be a burden on anyone. I want to do all the things I used to do and each time I slip into a character's head, I can relive the things that I miss. Even the moments that are truely horrible I can be apart of, instead of being limited by the body I have now. It gives me a sense of tranquility that ligts my days.

    Others inspire me too, in a myriad of ways. Just being able to talk to everyone and know we're working toward the same goal is comforting and exhilarating. The way we share and help one another is humbling, it's like the biggest and best family anyone could ask for.